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Fractional Laser Costs in Singapore

Posted on 27 Jan 2018
Dr Ethan
Singapore
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Singapore
Posted on 27 Jan 2018
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Further to my previous post about treating acne scars, a number of people emailed directly to ask about fractional laser clinic recommendations and costs.

You can read this other post for a complete list of effective aesthetic treatment and costs in Singapore. This other post contains a complete table of available laser treatments and costs in Singapore.

If you do a quick search on the internet, you will quickly realise that treatment and costs aren't very transparent. To address these questions, I emailed a standardised template to a few clinics, just to illustrate how treatment plans and prices in the industry can differ greatly.

I also figured that if a clinic was upfront in answering questions (as the following clinics that replied were), I'd be much more inclined to trust the clinic as a patient.

Below were my 4 questions addressed to the clinics:

1.     How much would a session of fractional laser cost at your clinic, and how much is the consultation fee?

2.     What is the preferred fluence settings of the fractional laser used at your clinic?

3.     How many sessions are required on average at your clinic for wrinkles vs acne scars?

4.     Years of experience with the fractional laser?

Three clinics responded fully to my questions - I've listed their replies below to hopefully give you some idea of the range of costs involved, and treatment plans.

As a doctor, one of the most important points I always emphasize to friends and family is that it's imperative to ask all your questions before starting any treatment. In general, the more forthcoming your doctor is in answering, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the treatment outcome.

I've realised that compared to my working experience in the UK, Singaporeans are just not very good at addressing questions to their doctors. As you'd expect, this often leads to a big mismatch of expectations!


The Clifford Clinic, Dr Chow Yuen Ho:

1. How much would a session of fractional laser cost at your clinic, and how much is the consultation fee?

The consultation fee is $50 and the cost for the first session of fractional CO2 laser is about $200 before GST.  Subsequent sessions are in the $500 range depending on the package signed.

2. What is the preferred fluence settings of the fractional laser used at your clinic?

Depending on the depth of the scars, I use fluences ranging from 10J/cm2 all the way up to 60J/cm2

3. How many sessions are required on average at your clinic for wrinkles vs acne scars?

I usually recommend that my patients go for between 5-10 sessions, and adjust the downtime and fluence individually based o nthe patient's preference.  For indications like wrinkles, I prefer to use low fluence to give patients lower downtime and for acne scars, I usually use higher fluences.

4. Years of experience with the fractional laser?
 
I've been using Fractional CO2 laser since 2009.

The Chelsea Clinic, Dr Ewen Chee:

1. How much would a session of fractional laser cost at your clinic, and how much is the consultation fee?

1 Session: $600, 4 Sessions: $2300. Consultation fees is at $60 but will be waived off if you are signing up for treatments at the clinic.

2. What is the preferred fluence settings of the fractional laser used at your clinic?

Every machine has different settings and every patient will have customized settings depending on the the skin condition.

3. How many sessions are required on average at your clinic for wrinkles vs acne scars?

For acne scars, we see a significant improvement usually after 4 sessions. As for fine lines, quite often we are able to see some improvement after a single session.

4. Years of experience with the fractional laser?

More than 10 years.


 Vanessa Phua Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Vanessa Phua:

1. How much would a session of fractional laser cost at your clinic, and how much is the consultation fee?

The price starts from $950 for a full face. Generally, a few sessions are required to achieve an optimal result. Good skin care will also help in maintenance after laser. My consultation starts from $100.

2. What is the preferred fluence settings of the fractional laser used at your clinic?

Acne/ surgical, chicken pox scars and stubborn pigmentation are best treated with a fractional laser. I like the Profractional XC laser as it has good results with some downtime of about 7 days of crusting and redness. The fractional laser works by controlled ablation of  damaged skin, and resurfacing scars, renewing skin collagen and allowing new skin cells to grow.  It is US FDA and HSA approved and ideal for scars, open pores and even sun spots, and also causes skin tightening and reduction of fine lines. The fluence would depend on the severity of the skin damage and scar depths, and chronicity of the lesions.

3. How many sessions are required on average at your clinic for wrinkles vs acne scars?

I use the Sciton Profractional XC Laser which is a fractional, tunable Erbium Yag laser, with less complications and down time than traditional CO2 lasers, which I avoid in Asian skin.

4. Years of experience with the fractional laser?

Experience with the Profractional XC laser for the last 8 years.

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